As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, firms in Germany expect a strong increase in the amount of working time performed from home in the long term. As a recent business survey by ZEW Mannheim shows, firms in the information economy expect an average of 24 per cent of their employees’ working time to be done from home after the pandemic. Before the pandemic, this share was only 9 per cent of working time. Meanwhile, in the manufacturing industry, the average proportion of time worked from home doubles from 3 per cent before the pandemic to 6 per cent afterwards. “Small, medium and large firms all expect a significant increase in the share of working time from home. However, the expected shift to working from home is most pronounced in large firms,” says Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in ZEW’s “Digital Economy” Department.